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How to Get Pneumonia

By Timothy Sexton ; Updated July 27, 2017

Pneumonia is a condition caused by the inflammation of the lungs. The primary cause of pneumonia is a bacterial infection, but it can also be caused by chemical irritation, vegetable dust and allergens. While these are the most common means of contracting pneumonia, there are dozens of ways you can come down with this respiratory condition.

  1. Contract a microbial infection. This is the quickest way to get pneumonia. There are many different specific microbial causes of pneumonia, with the leading culprits being influenza and parainfluenza. Other microbial cause of pneumonia include adenovirus, rhinovirus, echovirus, herpes simplex, staph infections, and childhood diseases like measles.

  2. Acquire a disease that is highly likely to develop pneumonia as an accompanying condition. Certain diseases are often accompanied by the onset of pneumonia. Among the diseases that make a person most susceptible to developing pneumonia are rheumatic fever, syphilis, typhus, trichinosis, Rocky Mountain fever and infectious mononucleosis.

  3. Contract pneumonia through the inhalation of contaminants. Pneumonia not caused by viral or bacterial infections is subject to a number of other, often less avoidable, causes. Some cases of pneumonia are caused by radiation. More common causes are the inhalation of chemical fumes and vegetable dust. Allergens that get deposited in the lungs can also lead to the development of pneumonia.

  4. Increase your risk of developing pneumonia by experiencing one of a series of chronic conditions. Several conditions exist that predispose you to developing pneumonia. Anyone who regularly experiences the common cold is highly susceptible to coming down with pneumonia. Malnutrition, alcoholism, exposure to extreme cold temperatures, and a coma can lead to pneumonia.

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